Celebrities voting for the first time in the 2020 presidential election
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Hollywood stars have been some of the most vocal American citizens stressing the significance of voting in the 2020 presidential election. While they're doing so in a very public way on social media, some have revealed this year is the first time they've ever cast ballots.
Some celebrities voting for the first time have lived in the United States all their lives, while others who were born in other countries are exercising their right to vote after having been granted U.S. citizenship.
Find out which celebrities are first-time voters below.
Selena Gomez is one of the seemingly countless celebrities to have cast ballots for the 2020 presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The 28-year-old singer shared a few pics of her voting experience on Instagram last week.
Selena Gomez announced she's voting for the first time ever in the 2020 presidential election. Unlike many stars in Hollywood, she has not publicly endorsed a candidate. (Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
Gomez said that in the past, she "never felt" like her vote mattered. This year her perspective changed.
"Every vote counts," the Disney Channel alum said. "Some people get in their head, and they're like, 'Oh, well what does it matter?'"
"My main focus has been this right now," said the star, who has not publicly endorsed a candidate. "You can tell on my social media and everything, obviously, I'm super invested in this right now. It's been good. I feel hopeful."
Canadian Ryan Reynolds revealed his decision to vote for the first time on Instagram with a photo alongside his wife, Blake Lively. (Getty Images)
The "Deadpool" actor confirmed he voted early on Instagram with a picture alongside his wife, Blake Lively.
"This is my first time voting in America. I’d like to thank my wife Blake for making my first time so gentle and loving. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud. #VoteEarly," the 43-year-old joked on Instagram. In the photo he posted, the actor is holding his mail-in ballot.
Meanwhile, Lively also poked fun at his first-time experience writing, "It was Ryan’s first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend [sic]. #voteearly."
Reynolds said back in 2016 he wished he could have voted then. The star has since obtained dual citizenship, the New York Times reported in 2018.
The rapper announced in June his plans to vote for the first time this year.
Snoop Dogg admitted he didn't vote in past elections because he thought he wasn't allowed to for having a criminal record. (John Parra/Getty Images for Bud Light)
“For many years it had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record,” the rapper — who has gun and drug convictions going back to his high school days, though he says his record’s been expunged — revealed on the Real 92.3.
Snoop, who has been a vocal critic of President Trump, explained his decision comes from wanting to make a difference.
"I can't talk about it and not be about it," he said.
Kelsea Ballerini announced to her Instagram followers that this year is her first time casting a vote in a presidential election, something she admitted she wasn't particularly proud of.
Kanye West with daughter North West in London, England. North, 7, rocks the rapper's 'Vote Kanye' merch. (Mark Boland/Mark Boland/Getty Images)
In an interview with Forbes shortly after launching his campaign, Kim Kardashian's husband confirmed he registered to vote in Wyoming and that it would be his first time voting.
In July, Fox News obtained the 43-year-old rapper's Statement of Candidacy document filed with the Federal Election Commission, which lists his party affiliation as "BDY," which stands for "Birthday Party." His committee's name is also listed on the document as "Kanye 2020."
However, the "Jesus Walks" rapper will not appear on ballots in all 50 states because his campaign was launched late and therefore missed some ballot deadlines.
In a recent interview on Joe Rogan's podcast, West said his 2020 bid was inspired by God.
“It was something that God put in my heart back in 2015. A few days before the MTV awards it hit me in the shower,” West shared. “When I first thought of it, I just started laughing to myself and all this joy came over my body, through my soul.”